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One new fire start

One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Sioux Lookout Fire #167 was located on an island in Abram Lake, about five km southwest of the town of Sioux Lookout.

The 0.1-hectare blaze was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Three drivers nabbed

On Sept. 12 around 11:50 p.m., a member of the Rainy River OPP conducted a vehicle stop in the Town of Rainy River.

Through conversation with the driver, the officer determined he had alcohol in his body.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Rainy River OPP detachment, where he underwent further testing.

Fire scene slowing up

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by early yesterday evening.

One new fire was reported Friday evening and confirmed Saturday near Ash Bay on Rainy Lake.

Fort Frances Fire #78, located about 35 km north of Fort Frances, later was declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Backus set to launch new season

This Friday (Sept. 14), the Backus Community Center in International Falls will host a “members only” ice-cream social, with music played on the concert Steinway grand piano on stage, as a launch to its 2018-19 performing arts season.

Members, contributors, sponsors, and those wishing to become Backus members are welcome to attend.

Busy first year for Rainy Lake Square

The first season for the Rainy Lake Square has proven the locale to be a vibrant hub of activities for the community.

Tannis Drysdale, economic development consultant for the Rainy River Future Development Corp., told council Monday night that in advance of the square opening in mid-May, organizers developed a brand for the square similar to the Fort Frances “Boundless” one.

Jimmy the Janitor preview

“Jimmy the Janitor,” a popular Canadian radio character, will be coming back to Fort Frances in October, performing at the Townshend Theatre as a special fundraising event for the 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets.

“I think it's great humour,” said Patrick Langevin, who is spearheading the event.

“'Jimmy' is well-known all across Canada for being a great one-man show,” he added.

Joint patrol nets charges

On Sept. 1, members of the Rainy River District OPP Marine Unit and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conducted a joint marine patrol of Rainy Lake near Fort Frances.

Officers checked many vessels and issued warnings under the Canada Shipping Act, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, and Ontario Fishery Regulations.